Prior to beginning his professional career, Alphonso Maldon attended the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma, where he received a master of arts degree in human relations. Alphonso Maldon also attended the Army Organizational Effectiveness Management School in Monterey, California, and the Joint Forces Staff College.
Located in Norfolk, Virginia, the Joint Forces Staff College is designed to provide advanced education for national security professionals through programs such as the Joint Advanced Warfighting School (JAWS). Created as a senior-level school that runs 10½ months, JAWS provides training for students to become expert joint campaign planners.
The mission of the Joint Advanced Warfighting School is to develop strategic planners who are innovative, conceptual, and creative in their thinking. JAWS students are selected from the military ranks of O-5s and O-6s, interagency civilians with an equivalent rank, and international officers to be trained in multinational planning and war operations. Up to 14 students currently take part in each of three JAWS seminars.